Second Annual Bull Moon Ride Rises Above Expectations

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Second Annual Bull Moon Ride Rises Above Expectations

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Cyclists check in for the 2nd annual Bull Moon Ride.

A Triangle family will have a new home thanks to some cyclists in Durham.   The Durham Bulls sponsored the 2nd Annual Bull Moon Ride on Saturday night, July 18, 2009, which benefitted the Habitat for Humanity.

Well over 500 cyclists participated, almost doubling last year’s number of riders. The proceeds are going to build a home for the Billious family.

“I mean when one event such as the Bull Moon Ride can build a house for family I would say it’s worth it,” said 99.9 The Fan Morning Sports Anchor/ACC Reporter Tim Hall.  “It was really an awesome route for anyone interested in cycling.  Anyone that missed the event really missed out on a great time.” 

Wool E. Bull
DBBC’s Matt DeMargel (left) helps Wool E. Bull put on glo-sticks for safety for the night time event.

“I feel very fortunate that I was able to participate in the Bull Moon Ride; it was amazing to see how many participants there were and how the riders rallied around each other throughout the night,” said DBBC Baseball Operations Trainee Samantha Spence.  “I’ve never participated in any type of cycling event before but I was extremely impressed with how well the event was put together. Had it not been for the enthusiasm and publicity provided by Matt DeMargel and the Durham Bulls I might have missed out on a great event for a great cause—together, over 500 riders raised well over $20,000 for Habitat for Humanity and a local family in the community.  After the ride we were greeted by friendly volunteers with seemingly an endless supply cold drinks and food, there was even a band playing in the street; it was a great time!”

The ride through downtown Durham featured musicians at various street corners, including a string quintet at Duke Chapel, a guitar player on East Campus, a saxophone player by Parrish St. and a singing quartet by the old DAP.

“The ride was great fun,” said DBBC Director of Media & Promotions Matt DeMargel, who helped coordinate the event.  “The weather was perfect so the patio crowds at downtown restaurants were up and cheering for us as we rode by. It was a really neat experience.”

The event included a rest stop at the Suntrust Plaza complete with snacks, drinks and a D.J.  The cyclist ended 17-mile route at the front of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park with a post-ride party including beer, sodas, prizes, BBQ, fruit and cheese plates, cookies and brownies. 

Hall participated in the ride for a second time this year, along with DeMargel. 

Habitat House
Habitat for Humanity will benefit from the Bull Moon Ride.

“I am starting to develop a real interest for the cycling scene,” said Hall.  “The first time I got involved with the sport was for the Bull Moon Ride last year.  It’s a really well organized event.  Roxanne Hall with Habitat for Humanity in Durham, Peter Anlyan and Matt DeMargel are a few of the people that did a fantastic job to make the event ten times better than it was last year.  And I thought it was great last year too.  They had a lot more riders this year in a down economy which meant more for the Habitat for Humanity.”

“The whole ride was motorcaded, it finished on the Tobacco Trail in the pitch dark, weather was great,” continued Hall.  “And then barbeque and beer waiting for you when you finish.  I don’t know how it could get much better.  It’s a great event and I’m already looking forward to next year, hoping to bring lots of riders with me to do it.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for these capcom photos.


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